Stanford Eyeing Ohio Athlete

<b>Austin Pritchard</b> is a 6-4, 215-pound athlete from Lebanon, Ohio, a town of roughly 11,000 people half-way between Cincinnati and Dayton. Apparently all the colleges in Ohio are going to let Pritchard play college out-of-state, as his official visits are all being taken outside state lines. Stanford may land a steal when it is all said and done.

Lebanon went 5-5 this year and Austin Pritchard, in his all-around fashion, led the team in tackles (90) and was second on the team in touchdowns (9). He also had 29 catches for 515 yards. "When people come talk to my coach about me, he tells them that he doesn't want them thinking that I'm just a jack of all trades but master of none," Austin told Wednesday. "I played safety the whole year because we needed that hole to be plugged. I had never played safety in my life and still ended up with 90 tackles. On offense, I played both receiver and tight end. I never went out."

When asked about personal goals, Pritchard says all the right things. "I would have wanted a better record," he said. "We lost our first game to Moeller, but then won five in a row. We lost our seventh game in a close game. It went downhill from there."

Pritchard ran a 4.7 40 this past summer. He also boasts a 30-inch vertical jump, 275-pound bench press and 365-pound squat lift. He camped at Stanford, Cincinnati, Iowa and Miami (Ohio). The Cardinal are the only school to have offered Pritchard so far.

"I actually practiced at three different positions when I was out there - inside linebacker, outside linebacker and tight end," Pritchard said of his Stanford camp experience. "I'll probably go defense, because most schools are recruiting me for defense, but coach (Ken) Margerum told me in December I was the number-two tight end on the board. I just enjoy playing football."

Austin didn't seek the Cardinal out; they found him. "I don't know how they got my name, but they sent me a questionnaire," he said. "When I talked to my parents about it, we thought that it would be hard to pass up an opportunity like that, so I sent them film. It took off from there."

Pritchard has already taken an official visit to Buffalo (12/10). "The coach called me that Tuesday and asked me to come out there for an official visit that week, so I did," said Austin, also noting that the Bulls did not offer him a scholarship. "The offensive coordinator and tight ends coach from Stanford got hired at Western Michigan, so I'm going out there from the 6th through the 8th of January. Then I'm going to Navy the following weekend and then Stanford the 21st through the 23rd."

With a 25 on the ACT and a core GPA of 3.571, Pritchard is right there when it comes to Stanford admissions. "There are still some things to work on," he said. "I talked to Coach (A.J.) Christoff and he said that they would like me to send in a graded paper in either history or english. I've already sent in all my applications papers, so it's in admissions' hands right now."

Hopefully Austin will be taking his visit to Palo Alto with an admissions acceptance in hand. "I'm excited to go out to Stanford, just the prestige associated with the school. And the others too, just going on official visits is exciting."

Austin Pritchard Scout Profile

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